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Non-response behaviour in the Bank of ItalyÂ’s Survey of Household Income and Wealth

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  • Giovanni D'Alessio

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    (Bank of Italy, Economic Research Department)

  • Ivan Faiella

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    (Bank of Italy, Economic Research Department)

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This paper aims to describe non-respondents in the Bank of ItalyÂ’s Survey of Household Income and Wealth (SHIW) and to measure the underestimation of income and wealth attributable to non-response. The evidence confirms that non-response is not random, since it is more frequent among wealthier households. Therefore exclusive use of poststratification procedures based on demographic characteristics only, which are commonly employed, cannot properly adjust for the selection process observed in the SHIW. As to the estimates of average aggregates, the bias seems to be greater for financial assets (the adjusted estimates are from 15 to 31 per cent higher than the unadjusted) than for income (for which the adjustments vary from 5 to 14 per cent, probably owing to a greater asymmetry in the distribution of wealth.

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Paper provided by Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area in its series Temi di discussione (Economic working papers) with number 462.

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Handle: RePEc:bdi:wptemi:td_462_02

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Keywords: Non-response; non-sampling errors; sample surveys; income; wealth;

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  2. Garry Barrett & Peter Levell & Kevin Milligan, 2012. "A Comparison of Micro and Macro Expenditure Measures across Countries using Differing Survey Methods," NBER Chapters, in: Improving the Measurement of Consumer Expenditures National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  3. Ceriani, Lidia & Fiorio, Carlo V. & Gigliarano, Chiara, 2013. "The importance of choosing the data set for tax-benefit analysis," EUROMOD Working Papers EM5/13, EUROMOD at the Institute for Social and Economic Research.
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  7. Andrea Neri & Roberta Zizza, 2010. "Income reporting behaviour in sample surveys," Temi di discussione (Economic working papers) 777, Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area.
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  9. Carlo Mazzaferro & Marcello Morciano & Elena Pisano & Simone Tedeschi, 2010. "The Introduction of a Private Wealth Module in CAPP_DYN: an Overview," Department of Economics 0630, University of Modena and Reggio E., Faculty of Economics "Marco Biagi".
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  14. Carlo V Fiorio & Francesco D'Amuri, 2005. "Workers' Tax Evasion in Italy," Giornale degli Economisti, GDE (Giornale degli Economisti e Annali di Economia), Bocconi University, vol. 64(2-3), pages 247-270, November.
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  16. Carlo Mazzaferro & Stefano Toso, 2006. "The Effects of Social Security on the Distribution of Wealth in Italy," Center for the Analysis of Public Policies (CAPP) 0015, Universita di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Dipartimento di Economia Politica.
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